If I have a British recipe that lists "1 tin chopped plum tomatoes," how many ounces is that? In British English, does "tin" usually refer to a specific size? In the US, cans generally come in 14 and 28oz sizes - which one is likely closest to what the recipe means?

  • A tin is British english for can. It's the material, not a size, so that description in the recipe isn't very helpful. I'd say a standard medium size can of tomatoes will work just fine though.
    – GdD
    Commented Feb 9, 2015 at 8:45
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    Edited the question to include the clarification from the now-deleted comments.
    – Cascabel
    Commented Feb 15, 2015 at 19:22

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It is likely the same as a 14 oz can of tomatoes.

From the Wikipedia article on Tin Cans:

A standard size tin can is roughly 400g; however, the weight can vary between 385g and 425g, depending on the density of the contents.

UK shops selling tins of tomatoes quote 390-400 grams based on what I'm seeing.

This is equivalent to 14 oz. American cans will generally say the weight in ounces and in grams if you want to double check.

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    I'm a Brit, and can confirm that here in the UK, tinned tomatoes come in tins marked 400g. Much larger ones are also available, but any recipe calling for a tin of tomatoes means one 400g tin. In general (in northern England, anyway), a "tin" contains food and a "can" contains drink, but the two words can be used interchangeably.
    – Carl H
    Commented Feb 16, 2015 at 10:27

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